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A PRESUMPTIVE CASE OF TOXOCARIASIS ASSOCIATED WITH EOSINOPHILIC PLEURAL EFFUSION: CASE REPORT AND LITERATURE REVIEW

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  • 1 Department of Internal Medicine, Section of Infectious Diseases, Mercer University School of Medicine, Macon, Georgia

Human toxocariasis is a helminthozoonosis caused by Toxocara sp. Larval migration of the organism through the tissues can result in eosinophila associated with a broad spectrum of clinical manifestations. We report a case of eosinophilic pleural effusion and CD8 cell deficiency associated with Toxocara sp. The symptoms of this patient responded promptly to a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication (naproxen). This is only the fourth reported case of a pleural effusion associated with Toxocara.

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